Belgium shares lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.37%

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Belgium shares lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.37%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Telecoms and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 declined 0.37%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were UCB (BR: UCB ), which rose 1.17% or 0.80 points to trade at 69.10 at the close. bpost NV (BR: BPOST ) added 0.74% or 0.20 points to end at 27.40 and Ackermans V.Haaren (BR: ACKB ) was up 0.53% or 0.80 points to 151.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ontex Group (BR: ONTEX ), which lost 1.86% or 0.50 points to trade at 26.38 in late trade. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) declined 1.85% or 1.700 points to end at 90.020 and Umicore SA (BR: UMI ) shed 1.76% or 0.77 points to 43.20.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 70 to 45 and 14 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.13% or 1.70 to $1335.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.35% or 0.22 to hit $63.95 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.19% or 0.13 to trade at $69.28 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.18% to 1.2239, while EUR/GBP fell 0.46% to 0.8847.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 90.32.

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